I bought mine several years ago when they were cheap, comparatively. It is utterly reliable, pleasant to shoot, and I really like mine. Kids like to load up the "hotlips" banana clip type magazine and rip through 25 rounds lickety split like that.
I like to plink at cans and whatnot with it.
It's a fine rifle, but the question of value is something that each individual has to decide for himself I think.
Good luck in your search.